COP26 Day 2: Governor supports Biden’s move to limit methane emissions

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)— Tuesday is day two where world leaders including the President Joe Biden and Governor John Bel Edwards to discuss climate change in Scotland. This comes as The Biden Administration announces its move to limit greenhouse emissions.

For the first time, under the Biden Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency intends to limit the methane coming from oil and gas rigs across the United States, including in Louisiana. This announcement further supported Governor Edward’s existing plans to limit these gases in the state.

“If we want to do something in the near term that would have a tremendous impact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it would be around methane in addition to CO2,” said Governor Edwards.

Other world leaders agreed with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

“I keep referring to this as many of you do to this decisive decade, we’ve got to figure what we are gonna do, it’s not just between now and 2050, what we gonna do between now and 2030 is gonna impact significantly whether we are going to make our longer term commitments,” said Biden.

President Joe Biden announced his move to limit methane emissions by tightening regulations for the oil and gas sector.

“One of the most important things we can do in this decisive decade is to keep 1.5 degrees in reach and reduce our methane emissions as quickly as possible. It amounts to about half the warming we are experiencing today, just the methane exposure. So, together we are committing to collectively reduce our methane by 30 percent by 2030 and i think we can probably go beyond that,” he explained.

The new proposed EPA rules could cut methane emissions from impacted pollution sources by having oil and gas companies detect and repair methane leaks from equipment. That could possibly reduce emissions by 75 percent. 

“I’m embarrassed to tell you we have 4,600 orphan wells in Louisiana. These are wells that haven’t been properly plugged,” said Edwards.

Edwards said they must stop methane leaks, which are more potent than CO2, from happening in old abandoned oil wells.

He also said with the transition to more renewable resources and working to take care of the abandoned wells could spur exonomic growth and create more jobs.

With state and federal support, he believes the chemical industry will be able to transition into becoming more environmentally friendly.

“What we have to do is show that if you want to be at a competitive disadvantage, do nothing and watch what happens because the world market is turning,” he said.

Governor Edwards will be in Scotland until Thursday.

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